Popular torrent site is back online but short on staff
The Pirate Bay may ultimately prove an unsinkable torrent site. There have been repeated attempts to remove TPB from the web, and after Swedish authorities raided the site's servers and electronics equipment nearly two months ago, some wondered if it would ever return to form. Well, wonder no more -- TPB is back online, though not before a mutiny broke out among staff members.
Admins of the recently raided torrent site The Pirate Bay speak out
Swedish authorities took down The Pirate Bay (TPB), once considered the most popular torrent site on the planet, following a raid in which police seized computers, servers, and various other electronic equipment. While TPB co-founder Peter Sunde had some scathing remarks to share about the site and its crew, the current admins had remained silent following the raid, until now.
TPB co-founder was right: people no longer care about site
The recent shuttering of The Pirate Bay (TPB), which followed a police raid on a Stockholm, Sweden-based datacenter belonging to the popular torrent site, has had almost no effect on peer-to-peer file sharing, the latest data from German anti-piracy firm Excipio has revealed. Although there was a slight blip in torrenting activity in the two days immediately following the shutdown, it did not take too long for things to get back to normal.
TPB co-founder Peter Sunde hopes the torrent site stays offline
The most popular torrent site on the Internet has been taken down after Swedish police raided The Pirate Bay (TBP) in Stockholm. They seized servers, computers, and various other equipment, taking action against the site after receiving a complaint from the Rights Alliance, a former anti-piracy bureau. Adding a twist to the plot, TBP co-founder Peter Sunde wants the site to stay down.
Pirate Browser is an enhanced portable version of Firefox
The Pirate Bay is fighting against censorship while celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing a browser. That's right, the "Pirate Browser," by way of the infamous BitTorrent site, is a combination of Firefox 23, the Tor client, and special proxy configurations as well as bookmarks.
Oh, those silly governments. Internet censorship won't withstand the onslaught of web-savvy geeks! Nevertheless, the British and Dutch governments recently ordered ISPs to bar users from accessing The Pirate Bay whatsoever. Despite claims from anti-piracy groups that the blockade is being effective, new reports show that simply isn't true, and one website even explains how you can bypass the ban using only a web browser.
The world’s largest torrent site The Pirate Bay, which prides itself on its resilience, has completely done away with .torrent files. This does not meant that it’s voluntarily shutting down (à la BT Junkie), though. Instead, it’s simply changing the way it does business by supplanting .torrent files with something much more “resilient”: magnet links.
Oh, those tricky Pirate Bay folks. The Teflon buccaneers have always managed to stay one step ahead of the law; for example, the site recently switched to the .SE domain to avoid a Megaupload-style takedown and three of its founding operators fled Sweden to avoid facing jail time and millions in fines. Now, a Pirate Bay user has released a zipped 90MB file containing the key components of every torrent hosted by the site. Basically, if Pirate Bay goes down, anyone with this file will be able to get it up and running again lickity split.
By all accounts, 2012 hasn't been very nice to the torrent freaks over at Pirate Bay. Megaupload's takedown has them worried, and today, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled that Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström -- the original operators of the site -- will have to pay fines and serve jail time for copyright infringement. Is the ship going down? Nah -- the site says it has things in the bag.
Turns out the government and Hollywood have been going after the wrong boogeymen the entire time! Pirating data and intangible information is so, like, 2011. While the World (Wide Web) held its breath during the Day The Net Went Dark and its lesser-known sibling, The Day MegaUpload Went Down, the notorious swashbucklers at The Pirate Bay introduced what they called "the future of sharing:" Physibles, or digital files that work with 3D printers to create real, physical objects.